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'''Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr.''' (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968) was an American author who wrote nearly 100 books and other works across a number of genres. Sinclair's work was well-known and popular in the first half of the twentieth century, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943. In 1906, Sinclair acquired particular fame for his classic Muckraker|muckraking novel, ''The Jungle'', which exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. In 1919, he published ''The Brass Check'', a Muckraker|muckraking Exposé (journalism)|exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the “free press” in the United States. Four years after publication of ''The Brass Check'', the first...
Birth nameUpton Beall Sinclair, Jr.
Birth date{{Birth date|1878|9|20|mf=y}}
Birth placeBaltimore, Maryland, United States
SpouseMeta Fuller (1902–11)
Mary Craig Kimbrough, (1913–61)
Mary Elizabeth Willis (1961–67)
Death date{{Death date and age|1968|11|25|1878|9|20}}
Death placeBound Brook, New Jersey, United States
OccupationNovelist, writer, journalist, political activist, politician
NationalityAmericans|American
SignatureUpton Sinclair signature.svg}}
ContributionUpton Sinclair | publisher = PB works | url = http://pressinamerica.pbworks.com/w/page/18360241/Upton%20Sinclair | title = Press in America}}. ''Time'' magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence."{{Citation | publisher = Time | url = http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,868072,00.html | title = Books | contribution = Uppie's Goddess | date = November 18, 1957 | accessdate = November 6, 2010}}. He is remembered for writing the famous line: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
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